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Monday, August 12, 2013
Cowboys' defense works on the zone read

By Calvin Watkins

OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys defense worked on defending the zone read offense during Monday's walk-through practice.

During the 2013 season, the Cowboys face two teams, the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles, that feature mobile quarterbacks who use that offense. In the Cowboys' second preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, quarterback Terrelle Pryor beat the Cowboys on a few runs with the zone read.

The zone read quarterback for the Cowboys offense was wide receiver Dwayne Harris, who took the snap from under center and in the shotgun formation.

"I think we're going to see if from a lot of different people," coach Jason Garrett said. "Certainly the teams that have done it and it's been effective for them, they will probably have the same type of package and they will grow their package. As you know, it's a copy cat league in a lot of ways so other teams certainly will make it part of what they do on offense. So, we have to be ready for it. This is a good week to do that, last week, as you know we played Sunday in Canton and turned around and played Oakland on Friday night. So it was a short week in terms of instillation and working on any new stuff. This is a longer week for us and it gives us a chance to work on some of those things that will show up on the season on both sides of the ball."